I recently watched the movie, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” about the rise and fall of evangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. It reminded me that Jim Bakker served five years in prison for defrauding viewers and donors. However, what actually brought him down was the revelation that he had sex with a former church […]
Surprisingly, an important theologian and Catholic scholar has admitted that all religions do more harm than good. Writing in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin a couple of years ago, Northwestern University Professor Robert Orsi delivered a blistering indictment titled: “The Study of Religion on the Other Side of Disgust.” He startingly stated, “On balance, in the […]
This essay marks my official departure from the Catholic Church. The Philadelphia grand jury report was the final straw; I could no longer turn a blind eye to the backward institution of the Catholic Church, upbringing and familial expectations be damned.
Rep. Mike Kelly, a devout Catholic and Notre Dame alum, likened the passage of the Affordable Care Act — the largest expansion of healthcare in 50 years — to the attack on Pearl Harbor, fumbling FDR’s famous line, saying, “I want you to remember August 1, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is […]
In this letter to American Catholics, FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel explains that most are probably not true Catholics according to their church’s canon law and argues that the should stop calling themselves Catholic.
Religious affiliation should not trump patient health: Catholic Hospital denies life-saving tubal ligation to pregnant woman
Jessica Mann is pregnant with a condition that could make additional pregnancies fatal, yet her Catholic hospital is refusing to tie her tubes. Unlike the medical profession, which is committed to patients and patient care above all, Catholic hospitals are committed to church doctrine above all.
The Freedom From Religion Religion Foundation shares two artistic responses as secular antidotes to Pope Francis’ upcoming visit and congressional address: an irreverent cartoon by Mike Konopacki, and the words and music to Dan Barker’s equally irreverent and unforgettable “Stay-Away Pope Polka.”
When will Congress invite a prominent atheist, such as Richard Dawkins, to give a joint address before Congress as it has done for the pope?